Festival Listings

48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie-write, shoot, edit and score it-in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week. (Austin, TX is one of the chosen cities to host the 48 Hour Film Project) Free to enter!

48hourfilm.com

A.K.A Shriekfest, The Los Angeles Horror/Science Fiction Film Festival

Category: Features , Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror , Shorts

Deadline: August, September

AKA Shriek Fest is dedicated to discovering new and overlooked artists in the horror and science fiction genre. $25-55 to enter.

shriekfest.com

Accolade Film Festival

Category: Animation , Experimental , International

Deadline: December, February, January, November

The Accolade is an international, non-traditional, virtual venue. Awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. The Accolade is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

TheAccolade.net

Action! Student Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Shorts , Student

Deadline: April

The City of Slidell, Louisiana invites you to showcase your creativity in the Action! Student Film Festival, a competition open to college students from throughout the United States. Cash prizes! $10 to enter.

Action! Student Film Festival

Aesthetica Short Film Competition

Category: Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , International , Shorts Deadline: April

Aesthetica is looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are fresh out of film school or have been making films for years, we want to hear from you. Accepting films in all genres: drama, documentary, music video, satire, comedy and artists' film. This award offers the winner and runners-up a fantastic prize package, which will bring your films to a wider audience. £15 entry fee.

Aesthetica Short Film Competition

African Diaspora Film Festival

Category: African American , Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Free to enter!!! , Shorts Deadline:

The ADFF is paving the road in the new millennium by breaking through boundaries that keep our communities from knowing their own stories as well as each others. Moreover, filmmakers, writers, actors, producers, and other Festival artists share valuable moments of insight describing their craft, style, and vision in a series of post-screenings conversations the ADFF features. By marking the methods that underscore the art of cinema, the Festival demystifies the traditionally "elite and exclusive" aura of the filming process. These forums give rise to spontaneous and meaningful interaction between the featured artists and the audience.

nyadff.org

African Film Festival

Category: African American, Free to enter!!! ,Shorts ,Student

Deadline: April

African Film Festival seeks to introduce African film to non-African audiences to help create a dialogue. Free to enter!

africanfilmny.org

All Roads Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Free to enter!!! , Public Service Announcement Deadline: ongoing/rolling

The All Roads Film Project is a National Geographic program dedicated to providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their works to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience.

http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/all-roads

American Black Film Festival

Category: African American , Animation , Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Shorts Deadline: April

American Black Film Festival is a festival that embraces and celebrates independent black films, either with black subject matter or by black filmmakers. $30 to enter!

abff.com

American Black Film Festival

Category: African American , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Shorts Deadline: December, January

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a four-day retreat and international film market created to spearhead distribution opportunities for independent Black filmmakers.

abff.com

Anchorage International Film Festival

Category: Animation , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , International , Shorts

Deadline: September

Anchorage International Film Festival establishes a diverse, provocative, compelling, and entertaining showcase of excellent international feature length, documentary, short, supershort, and animation films that will engage our imaginations and enhance our lives culturally and artistically through the art of independent film. $15-40 to enter.

www.anchoragefilmfestival.org

Angeleus Student Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Shorts , Student

Deadline: June

Angeleus Student Film Festival showcases student films of uncommon artistic caliber that explores that complexity of the human condition with creativity , compassion and respect. $25 to enter!

angelus.org

Ann Arbor Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Indie , Shorts

Deadline: November

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is internationally recognized as a premiere showcase for creative, inspiring, and influential films of all types: avant-garde and experimental, story-based narratives, documentaries, and animation. As the original North American independent film festival, the AAFF is steeped in a rich tradition of ground-breaking cinema. Thousands of influential filmmakers have showcased early work at the AAFF, including luminaries such as Kenneth Anger, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, Lawrence Kasdan, and George Lucas. $18,00 in case prizes to over 30 films in a number of different categories. $35 to enter.

aafilmfest.org

Annapolis Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Indie , Shorts

Deadline: July, June

Annapolis Film Festival is an international festival catering to all genres, bringing independent films to the scenic backyard of DC. $20-50 to enter.

annapolisfilmfestival.com

AntiMatter Festival of Underground Short Film and Video

Category: Experimental , Shorts

Deadline: May

AntiMatter Festival of Underground Short Film and Video is dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of film and video as art. $10-20 to enter.

Arizona International Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , International , Shorts , Student

Deadline: February

A celebration of extraordinary films not seen on ordinary screens.

azmac.org

Ashland Independent Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Shorts

Deadline: December, November, October

The ashland independent film festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called "a dream you'll never want to leave." Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF. Over 6000 film lovers gather at the historic art-deco Varsity Theatre in downtown to watch over 80 films in five days. Filmmakers of the documentaries, features and shorts come from around the world come to engage with the audience after each screening and at the festival's Opening Night Bash and Award Celebration parties with local wine, beer and gourmet food. Special guests have included Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Bruce Campbell and more. The film festival is one of the reasons Ashland is included in the popular travel guide A Thousand Places to See Before You Die. $30-75 to enter.

ashlandfilm.org

Asian American International Film Festival

Category: Asian , Indie , International , Shorts , Student

Deadline: February

The first and longest running festival to recognize the works of Asian/American media makers, categories: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Short Films, Screenplays, Works-In-Progress, Youth Films (under 20)

asiancinevision.org/festival.html

ASPEN Shorts Fest

Category: Animation , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Shorts

Deadline: December, November

Considered one of North America's premier short film and video festivals, Aspen Shortsfest celebrates that most innovative and vibrant voice on the cinematic landscape - the short. $40-50 to enter.

http://www.aspenfilm.org/

aTalentScout TV Contest

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting , Television

Deadline: April, March, May

aTalentScout TV Contest is accepting TV treatments, pilots and episodes for existing TV shows. There is no restriction on genre. Half-hour and full-hour time formats accepted. $20-40

http://www.atalentscout.com/contests.h
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Atlanta Film Festival

Category: Animation , Features , Indie , Shorts

Deadline: October

AFF has been a showcase for some of the most interesting, challenging and engaging work in film. $45 Features, $40 Shorts.

antafilmfestival.com

Austin Asian American Film Festival

Category: Animation , Asian , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Shorts

Deadline: April, March

The AAAFF's mission is to provide a channel for International Asian/Asian-American artists to promote their work, and to support and bring awareness to the community. AAAFF is an Asian/Asian-American film festival committed to celebrating the best in independent Asian cinema from across the globe. For years, our festival has highlighted the complexity and vitality of Asian/Asian-American communities through cutting-edge narrative, documentary and experimental films. We aim at bringing awareness to important global issues like saving the environment and supporting other causes through the strong impact of media.

aaaff.org

Austin Film Festival Film Competition

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Indie , International , Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror , Shorts , Student , Texas , Trailers

Deadline: June, May

AFF keeps its focus on the craft of screenwriting, making it unique among festivals where the director is always king. The festival attracts the top screenwriters in the industry. AFF likes films with unique stories. $40 to enter.

austinfilmfestival.com

Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting , Television

Deadline: June, May

AFF keeps its focus on the craft of screenwriting, making it unique among festivals where the director is always king. The festival attracts the top screenwriters in the industry because it is one of the top screenwriting festivals in the world. Accepting both screenplays and teleplays. $30 for teleplays/ $40 for screenplays.

www.austinfilmfestival.com

Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , International , LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: May

The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southwest.

agliff.org

Avignon New York Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Experimental , Indie , International

Deadline: February, March

Avignon New York Film Festival celebrates French and American independent film with new films, retrospectives, round-tables on pertinent issues with industry experts, interviews with filmmakers and receptions, gourmet food and high caliber beverages and liqueurs and prizes for emerging filmmakers. roughly $25 entry.

www.avignonfilmfest.com

Backseat Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Indie , Shorts , Student

Deadline: ongoing/rolling

A self-proclaimed "rock 'n roll film fest", the BFF showcases movies of all genres, lengths, formats and budgets, but specializes in upbeat, unpretentious work that may not find a home at other, more traditional film festivals. Cost: varies for deadline and length: $5-20

backseatfilmfestival.com

Balticon Film Festival

Category: Free to enter!!! , Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror

Deadline: October

Over 300 Hours of Multi-Track Programming featuring authors, publishers, editors, artists, scientists, musicians and other creative SF luminaries. Join over a thousand SF fans for the area's largest and longest running convention of its kind! Visit our huge art show, dealer's room, concerts, dances, gaming room and video room. Everything Science Fiction and Fantasy in one huge package. free to enter!

balticon.org

Baltimore Women's Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Indie , Shorts , Women

Deadline: January

This non-profit festival is held during breast cancer awareness month. 50% of all ticket sale proceeds are donated to breast cancer research and the outreach/survivorship program for Johns Hopkins breast cancer patients. $20-50 entry fee

bwfilmfestival.com

Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival

Category: Animation , Awareness/Topical , Indie , LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender , Shorts , Women

Deadline: December, February, January

Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival showcasing exceptional educational, inspirational and positive films and videos from around the world. $40 Features, $35 Shorts

bciff.com

BERLIN & BEYOND Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Free to enter!!! , International

Deadline: October

BERLIN & BEYOND is looking for new dramatic and documentary features and shorts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in German with English subtitles Awards: Best First Feature ($5000); Audience Award; Lifetime Achievement Award Special screenings: Kinofest Lünen's audience favorite & Restored Silent Film The screening format is 35mm or in special cases digital formats. The films main language should be German, English subtitles are required. Preview material should be on DVD in NTSC or PAL. No application form or entry fee is required.

berlinandbeyond.com

Bicycle Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Free to enter!!! , Indie , Shorts , Student

Deadline: February, March

The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates and embraces bicycles through film. BFF travels to over 20 cities around the world, including Paris, London, Tokyo, New York, Austin, LA - and Sydney. Free to enter!

bicyclefilmfestival.com

Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Category: Features , Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting , Shorts

Deadline: June, May

With cash, rewards, mentorship, and industry exposure, Big Break lives up to its name. $50 to enter.

finaldraft.com/events-and-services/big-break

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical, Documentary/Non-Fiction

Deadline: September

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has grown to become the largest film event in Montana, and are again pleased to present Missoula with the best in documentary film under the big sky. The 10-day event is centered in downtown Missoula's historic Wilma Theatre, the 1100-seat venue that houses Montana's largest screen, and plays host to the visual immersion into a world where reality plays itself. With packed audiences of avid moviegoers, most films are accompanied by Q&A with their respective filmmakers. Special Events include nightly parties with great music, panel discussions, informal gatherings and the Big Sky in Schools Educational Outreach Program.

bigskyfilmfest.org

Birds Eye View

Category: International, Women

Deadline: August, October, September

Birds Eye View celebrates & supports international women filmmakers. Founded as a short film event in 2002, we registered as a charity in 2004, launched the UK's first major women's film festival in 2005, and are now developing year-round activity with our First Weekenders Club, BEV Labs, touring programme and online community. Birds Eye View is a dynamic, fast growing organisation determined to make a difference. We showcase the best features, documentaries and short films made by women around the world, alongside a Retrospective celebrating the pioneering women of cinema and an Innovation programme exploring the creative possibilities opened up by new technology.

birds-eye-view.co.uk

Black Soil International Hip Hop Film Festival

Category: African American, Free to enter!!!, Music Video/Musicals, Shorts

Deadline: April, March

Black Soil's scope was across the board and puts Hip Hop into a broader perspective. Next to the presentation of movies inspired by DJs, graffiti, MCs and break dancers, movies derived from Hip Hop were shown, as well as movies which have served as a source of inspiration to Hip Hop artists and to movie directors. In addition to films, Black Soil offered an extensive program, including i.e. panel discussions, exhibitions and battles, concerts and after parties with prominent DJs, MC's and B-boyz and girlzzz.

blacksoil.com/new

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting

Deadline: December, March, November

Since 1998, BlueCat Screenplay Competition has built a large community of writers passionately committed to writing original, unforgettable work. This starts with our exchange of feedback to each writer who enters BlueCat. EVERY SCREENPLAY RECEIVES WRITTEN SCRIPT ANALYSIS!
PRIZES: Winner receives $10,000, Four Finalists receive $1500 each. The screenplay with the best title submitted in November and December, as voted by the public, will receive $1000

bluecatscreenplay.com

Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

Category: International , Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting , Shorts

Deadline: December, November

The competition is open to people all over the world and of any nationality, as long as the screenplay is written in the English language. It's a wonderful opportunity for aspiring screenplay writers to get their work noticed and produced, as the top prize is a professionally produced live-action short film of the winning screenplay by Year of the Skunk productions, which is then submitted to festivals worldwide! $25 CAD to enter.

screenplay-competition.com

Chick Flicks Film Festival

Category: Women

Deadline: September

In October, Women In Film Dallas hosts our Annual Chick Flicks Film Festival at Studio Movie Grill Movie Grill in Dallas on Royal Lane. Proceeds from submission entry fees and ticket sales benefit the WIF.D scholarship fund. Scholarship winners will be announced the evening of the festival. Check out our website at wifdallas.org for more details as the festival approaches.

  1. Film submissions must be by a female filmmaker with Texas roots - either producer, director, or crew member with a key role in the production.(Crew members must submit an explanation describing their key role(s) in the production.)
  2. Submit a DVD of your film, labeled with the film title, year of production, total running time (30 minutes or less) and filmmaker's name.
  3. Filmmaker's brief bio, contact address, email, and phone.
  4. A brief synopsis of the film (50 words or less).
  5. One (1) production still (digital file on CD or printed image high resolution)
  6. A mailer if you would like your DVD/CD returned to you.
  7. Entry fee: $15 for WIF.D members and $30 for non-members.
For more information about submissions or festival sponsorship, please contact Chick Flicks Chair, Elise Graham at chickflicks@wifdallas.org.

wifdallas.org

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Category: International, Latino

Deadline: January

Works made by or about Latinos and native groups of the Americas are eligible to participate. $20 to enter

cinelasamericas.org

Cinema Touching Disability

Category: Animation, Awareness/Topical, Commercials/1 Minute Shorts, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Free to enter!!!, Indie, Music Video/Musicals, Shorts, Texas

Deadline: October

The vision behind CTD's short Film Competition is to empower emerging filmmakers by providing them an opportunity to create and express a multitude of images portraying people with disabilities in their most creative way. Competing filmmakers highlight the role of disability through documentaries, comedies, dramatic genres, music videos, claymation and animation. It is our hope that these films will illustrate how people with disabilities lead both ordinary and extraordinary lives, filled with equal hopes and dreams. The competition is for short films (5-20 minutes) about, starring or made by a person with a disability. Cash Prizes! Free to enter!

ctdfilmfest.org/competition.html

CineMart: International Film Festival Rotterdam

Category: Animation , Experimental , Free to enter!!! , Indie , International

Deadline: October, September

International Film Festival Rotterdam celebrates independent, innovative and experimental cinema and visual arts. CineMart gets a select number of directors/producers to present their film projects to co-producers, bankers, funds, sales agents, distributors, TV stations and other potential financiers.

filmfestivalrotterdam.com

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting

Deadline: October, September

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition is a prestigious screenwriting competition that offers cash prizes to the top winners.

cinequest.org

CINESTORY Screenwriting Competition

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting

Deadline: December, January

CINESTORY Screenwriting Competition is a screenwriting competition that supports and celebrates the most important part of movie-making - the story! $70 to submit.

cinestory.org

CineVegas Film Festival

Category: Animation, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Experimental, Shorts

Deadline: February, March

The CineVegas Film Festival is a platform for artists and art lovers who are drawn to the edge. [WithoutABox discounts available for festival fee] $40 Features, $25 Shorts

cinevegas.com/cv

Cucalorus Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Indie , International , Shorts , Student

Deadline: July, June

Cucalorus, named one of the "Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals" by Moviemaker Magazine, is celebrating its 15th anniversary as an international film festival located in the historic, port city of Wilmington, NC. The festival is non-competitive to create a laid-back atmosphere and to foster open dialogue where filmmakers and audience feel free to share stories and socialize. Cucalorus provides a forum where film becomes a player in the social and political arena and offers a new voice for the South. $30-50 to enter

cucalorus.org

Dallas International Film Festival

Category: Features , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: December, November

The Dallas International Film Festival, hosted by the Dallas Film Society celebrates films and their impact on society and will run for a ten days in April. A non-profit organization, the DALLAS Film Society celebrates and honors filmmakers for their achievements in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop a better understanding of the role of film in today's world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking. $40-65 to enter.

dallasfilm.org

Dance on Camera Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Experimental , Music Video/Musicals

Deadline: September

DOCFF celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance as combined with the intimacy of film. This Dance Films Association's festival is the oldest dance film festival in the world that sparked a global explosion of activity. $50 to enter.

dancefilmsassn.org/DanceOnCamerMain.html

deadCENTER Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Indie , Shorts , Student

Deadline: December, February, January

Named one of the top regional festivals in "The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide," the annual festival will take place at seven locations over five days with more than 8,000 film enthusiasts from around the country expected to attend. A $2,500 cash prize will be given to the winner of the Best Narrative Feature. Fees vary with deadline and length.

http://www.deadcenterfilm.org

Democracy Video Challenge

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Free to enter!!! , Indie , Shorts

Deadline: January

Create a video short that completes the phrase "Democracy is..." and win a trip to Washington, NY and LA to attend screenings of the winning videos, gain exposure to the U.S. film and television industry. FREE to enter.

videochallenge.america.gov

DOCUMENTA: Documentary Platform Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Latino

Deadline: July

This is a non competitive documentary showcase, organized by Fundacion Octaedro, a non-for-profit organization based in Quito-Ecuador whose main objective is the enhancement of the arts and sciences in our country.

octaedro.org/documenta/english.htm

Duluth's Film Festival's Short Short Film Festival

Category: Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Shorts

Deadline: February

The Play Ground would like to invite independent filmmakers nationwide to participate in our 5th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival. These short shorts, which must be no longer than 5 minutes, will be viewed by a panel of judges, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 films.
They must be in DVD format. For complete contest rules and to download an application visit duluthplayground.org

duluthplayground.org

Duluth's Short Shorts Film Festival

Category: Commercials/1 Minute Shorts, Shorts

Deadline: February

Independent film makers nationwide are invited to submit their short, short films to Duluth Play Ground's annual film festival! Cash prizes for the top three winners!

  • Film must be no longer that 5 minutes in length
  • Film must not contain any nudity or any content that would give the film an R-rating.
  • Film MUST have original or royalty free music that you have obtained permission to use.
  • Film content must be original (no adaptations) $15 to enter.

duluthplayground.org

EngLits Short Film Festival

Category: Animation , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Public Service Announcement , Shorts

Deadline: April, March

Create a short film, video, computer animation, etc. not to exceed 60sec that must promote EngLits. cash prizes!

englits.com

Environment Texas Solar Power Video Contest

Category: Awareness/Topical , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: February, March

Environment Texas Solar Power Video Contest hopes to help get the word out about Texas' solar power potential... Cash Prizes!

environmenttexas.org/solar-video-contest

Expresión en Corto

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , International , Latino , Shorts

Deadline: April, May

Expresión en Corto is Latin America's largest, most competitive and prestigious film festival. Acting as a platform for launching new careers, our national and international competition pits newcomers alongside the industry's most seasoned veterans. $25 per enter.

expresionencorto.com/eindex.html

Fair Use & Free Speech Video Contest

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Shorts

Deadline: April, May

UFVA is hosting a contest for the best short documentaries employing fair use, made by higher education students and faculty.

centerforsocialmedia.org/events/ufva_fair_use_contest/888

Fantastic Fest

Category: Animation , Experimental , Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: April, March, May

Fantastic Fest is an eight-day festival in Austin, Texas spotlighting the best in new horror, sci-fi, fantasy and genre film as well as genre retrospectives. $15-30 to enter!

fantasticfest.com

Fearless Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , International , Music Video/Musicals , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: December, February, January, March

The MAIN ST. Arts Festival of Fort. Worth is proud to announce Fearless Film Festival as a part of the OFF MAIN! series of its Festival. Short films up to 20 minutes long in the following categories will be considered: Documentary, Narrative, Experimental, Animation, Foreign, Dance, Music Video, and Trailer. $15-20 to enter.

mainstreetartsfest.org/Off-MAIN/Fearless-Film-Festival.aspx

FilmMakers International Screenwriting Competition

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting

Deadline: April, March

FilmMakers International Screenwriting Competition is a prestegious writing competition focusing on story. The top 50 scripts will be read by The Radmin Company* and Consideration for representation

filmmakers.com/screenplay/index.htm

Flatland Film Festival

Category: Indie , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: June, May

Flatland Film Festival cultivates an appreciation for independent film, video and digital moving-image expression. Based in Lubbock, Texas. $20 to enter.

flatlandfilmfestival.com

Flicker Film Festival

Category: Animation , Awareness/Topical , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Shorts , Student

Deadline: February, March

Flicker Film Festival brings together artists with diverse backgrounds and styles. $20-30 to enter.

groups.northwestern.edu/flicker

Focus on Children in a Healthy Environment Shorts Competition

Category: Awareness/Topical , Shorts , Student

Deadline: February

Focus on Children in a Healthy Environment Shorts Competition is a theme-based on the environment film Competition. The festival is supported by INCHES which promote healthy and supportive environments that protects the fetus and child from environmental and safety hazards. Cash Prizes!

inchesnetwork.net/filmcompetition.html

Frameline Film Festival

Category: Free to enter!!! , LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender

Deadline: January

Frameline Film Festival strengthens the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts. FREE to enter!

www.frameline.org

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction

Deadline: ongoing/rolling

Full Frame's mission is to support the documentary form and community by showcasing the contemporary work of established and emerging filmmakers and by preserving film heritage through archival efforts and continued exhibition of classic documentaries. cash prizes!

fullframefest.org

Gene Screen: A Night of Film on Health and Genetics

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Shorts

Deadline: June, May

Gene Screen: A Night of Film on Health and Genetics is looking for shorts and features (up to an hour) that focus on some aspect of health and/or genetics. $10 to enter.

geneticalliance.org

Going Green Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Shorts

Deadline: August, January, November

Going Green Film Festival was created to reward people's efforts in going green. Cash prizes! $25 - 65 to enter.

goinggreenfilmfestival.com/

Hamptons International Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Indie , International , Shorts

Deadline: May

The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. $40-55 to enter.

hamptonsfilmfest.org

Heartland Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Faith-based/Religious

Deadline: April, May

In 1991, a group of visionaries united to create a unique film festival to honor beautifully made films that celebrate the positive aspects of life called the Heartland Film Festival. The Heartland Film Festival started in 1992 as a small event in Indianapolis and has expanded over time to become one of the fastest growing film festivals in the country. Today, the annual film festival is a ten-day event full of independent films, a variety of special events for film enthusiasts of all ages, and a one-of-a-kind experience in one of the Midwest's most inviting cities.

trulymovingpictures.org/FilmFestival

Hill Country Film Festival

Category: Features , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: February, January, March

The Hill Country Film Festival takes place in Fredericksburg in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. A town unlike any other in Texas, Fredericksburg is filled with unique shopping and an artistic warmth. HCFF is dedicated to bringing Independent Filmmakers and their films to this charming city, as a celebration of the city's artistic spirit and it's people. The wonderful people of Fredericksburg, TX have built a city dependent on attracting and welcoming tourists. Their commitment to showcasing themselves and the city is evident everywhere. $15-55 to enter depending on length and submission deadline.

hillcountryff.com

Hiroshima International Animation Festival

Category: Animation , Experimental

Deadline: April, February, March

Our festival has been held under the spirit of LOVE & PEACE, long since its establishment in 1985. It is our pleasure to serve as a place of true international cultural exchange through the development of animation art, and also, it is our sincere happiness to serve as a stepping stone for your successful future.

hiroanim.org

Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF)

Category: African American

Deadline:

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 6-day celebration of black cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists and new audiences from Southern California and around the world. Attracting such stars and industry insiders as Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker and Sidney Poitier, John Singleton, Spike Lee, George Tillman, Tina Andrews, Reuben Cannon, Anthony Anderson, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan, Bill Duke, Kasi Lemmons, Vondie Curtis Hall, Tisha Campbell and Nicole Ari Parker, the festival has become a hotbed for the Black Hollywood creative community. The festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established black filmmakers through a public exhibition and competition program. The festival's goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.

hbff.org

Houston Film Commission's Texas Filmmakers Showcase

Category: Free to enter!!! , Indie , Shorts , Student , Texas

Deadline: February, March

Houston Film Commission's Texas Filmmakers Showcase is a special screening event consisting of the best of Texas short films and videos under 45 minutes in length, presented to studio executives, agents and producers in the Hollywood film community. free to enter.

houstonfilmcommission.com

Imago Film Festival

Category: Faith-based/Religious

Deadline: December, January

The Imago Film Festival showcases faith-based indy film that emphasizes image and story. The festival films capture the full spectrum of human emotion, experience, and spirituality. Cash Prizes! $30-40 to enter.

imagofilmfestival.com

Imperial Beach International Film Festival

Category: Features , International , Shorts

Deadline: August, July, June

Imperial Beach International Film Festival's mission of advocating for a greater artistic and cultural presence at Imperial Beach will help to establish our city as a great place to visit and invest. $15 to enter.

ibfilmfestival.com

Indie Fest

Category: Indie

Deadline: January

The Indie is about helping independent filmmakers gain publicity and secure distribution, the Holy Grail of filmmaking. $50 to enter

TheIndieFest.com

International CringeFest

Category: Music Video/Musicals , Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting , Shorts , Uncategorized

Deadline: December, January

For over five years, NY Artists Unlimited has been presenting the International CringeFest®, including Bad Plays Festival® and Bad Musicals Festival®. The '09 festival at the Producers' Club was the biggest one yet, attracting local theatre-goers, tourists, Broadway producers, agents, and major media, including The New York Times, New York magazine, TimeOut, 7:00 TV News with Chuck Scarborough, WNBC and WCBS Radio. Liz Smith wrote up the festival three times. Wanted are works that are REALLY GOOD, HIGHLY ENTERTAINING, NICE ‘n NAUGHTY, e.g., politically incorrect, political satire, bad language/ puns, or material otherwise frowned upon by "polite society." Productions vie for the Golden Pineapple, Silver Tomato, and Bronze Banana. Five to 45 mins., produced/ unproduced plays, musicals, or films. Scripts read aloud two to three times by professional actors before decisions made. If selected, your work receives three to four fully-produced performances, a director, cast, crew, and close supervision. No participation/ production fees.

nyartists.org/festivals.html

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Free to enter!!! , International

Deadline: April, May

IDFA looks for documentaries that are interesting from a stylistic point of view, or are particularly innovative, relevant to social issues and successfully manage to communicate with their audiences.

idfa.nl/industry/Festival.aspx

International Student Film Festival sehsuechte

Category: International , Student

Deadline: February

International Student Film Festival sehsuechte in Potsdam-Babelsberg is presenting films by students and amateur filmmakers from all over the world in April. We accept both short and full-length films in the categories feature, documentary, animation, music video, children's film as well as films for the special competition films against discrimination and our regional focus on South Africa. All films in competition have the chance to win prizes with a total value of more than 50.000. Students and amateur filmmakers are eligible

ufva.org/content.php?type_id=1&article_id=385

Jay Sanders Film Festival

Category: Indie , Student

Deadline: February

The Jay Sanders Film Festival is a yearly event in which the finalists in the Movie Gallery Student Film Competition are publicly presented and judged.

media.cla.auburn.edu/cmjn/festival/index.html

Jewish Film Competition

Category: Faith-based/Religious , Free to enter!!! , Shorts , Student

Deadline: February, January

Seeking the best in Jewish themed short films! Have you already made that masterpiece? Do you have a great idea a film that you want to make? Want your name to join the ranks of Spielberg, Allen & Coen? Enter a short film on a Jewish subject and you could win $CASH$. This nationwide film competition is for young, "amateur status"* filmmakers . All films will be eligible for the the Grand Prize, 2nd place and 3rd place. Winners will be chosen by a panel of veteran filmmakers from Hollywood and New York. Selected films will be shown at Jewlicious Festival and Jewish Film Festivals around the world.

jewishfilmcomp.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/2010-jewish-film-competition-now-open-for-submissions/

Jewish Women's Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Faith-based/Religious , Women

Deadline: May

Films must focus on the experiences, aspirations and accomplishments of Jewish women through the ages and throughout the world. Films submitted for consideration may not be screened in the New York Metropolitan area from October 1-December 1, 2010. The "Ellie" Award will be presented for the Best Film. $35.00 (covers submission of 1-5 films) to enter.

ncjwny.org

Josiah Youth Media Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Free to enter!!! , Shorts , Student , Youth/Child-friendly

Deadline: June, May

Josiah Miles Neundorf passed away as a result of Osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone. In honor of this artist, who only wanted to share his wonderment with the world around us, his parents, Marcus and Nancy Neundorf with the URBAN-15 Group have created the Josiah Youth Media Festival, an annual event designed to showcase outstanding works by young film, video and media artists.

urban15.org/film/index.html

Lights. Camera. Help. The Non-Profit Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Public Service Announcement , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: June

Lights. Camera. Help. is the premiere film festival for non-profit and cause-driven organizations. Through this annual event, films and videos with a cause directly related to a non-profit or cause-given organization will be subject to a rigorous criteria by a panel of judges. The films and videos will gain recognition by being considered the best in one of several distinct categories. This festival is the first of its kind in the nation and reflects the spirit of Austin, a prominent city in the non-profit, cause-driven and activism communities. These organizations, along with filmmakers, will use the festival to spread the word about their cause, develop a community of followers, and expand the film-for-a-cause genre.

lightscamerahelp.org

London International Documentary Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , International

Deadline: February, January

The LIDF arises from a commitment to what it calls 'Conversations in Film'. These conversations bring together diverse audiences and go beyond the films themselves in order to engage with social, cultural and political issues in the company of relevant experts as well as the filmmakers themselves.

lidf.co.uk

Lone Star International Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Indie , International , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: July

The Lone Star International Film Festival (LSIFF), Fort Worth in Sundance Square is a presentation of the Lone Star Film Society. In addition to showcasing the best in American independent cinema, LSIFF is committed to being truly international as well as establishing itself as an authority on emerging talent. Categories include narrative feature length, documentary feature length, short form, and animation.

lsiff.com

Los Angeles Film Festival

Category: Indie , Shorts

Deadline: February, January

LAFF held annually for ten days in June, showcases the best of American and international independent cinema. $70 Features, $50 Shorts

lafilmfest.com

Los Angeles Latino International Film festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Indie , International , Latino , Shorts

Deadline: February

Los Angeles Latino International Film festival aims to support and promote the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmmakers.

latinofilm.org

Lunafest Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical, Documentary/Non-Fiction, LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender, Shorts, Student, Women

Deadline: April, March

Lunafest looks for filmmakers and producers from around the globe with unique films by...for...about women! $20 to enter!

lunafest.org

M.A.L.I. Women's Film and Performance Arts Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Indie , Shorts , Women

Deadline: February, January

The festival is an outlet to view, interact, network and purchase the works of female artists of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

blowinupaspot.com/Forms_Tickets.html

MadCat Women's International Film Festival

Category: Animation , Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Shorts , Women

Deadline: December, January

MadCat Women's International Film Festival exhibit provocative and visionary works that are original in their use of the medium. MadCat is committed to showcasing women directors who challenge the use of sound and image and explore notions of visual story telling. $15-40 to enter.

madcatfilmfestival.org

Manhattan Short Screenplay Competition

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting , Shorts

Deadline: July

The competition is for screenplays for short films. Screenplays much be 20 pages and under. $35 to submit.

manhattanshort.com

Marfa Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Indie , Shorts , Student , Texas

Deadline: February

Cowboy culture meets high-art! For the intrepid, Far West Texas is an unforgettable place, far from the world, urging visitors back time and again to its awe-inspiring wildness and serenity. Screening over 50 features, shorts and experimental works. Because Marfa's wide-open plain, distant mountains and incomparably starry sky are part of the draw, Marfa Film Festival will have outdoor screenings during the festival. Indoor screenings will be anchored at the state-of-the-art Goode-Crowley theater. Features $45, Shorts $35

marfafilmfestival.org

Method Fest Film festival

Category: Features , Shorts

Deadline: December, February, January

The Method Fest independent film festival in Calabasas, Calif. The Method Fest is dedicated to showcasing breakout acting performances in story and character-driven independent feature and short films. The Method Fest provides a great opportunity to receive Los Angeles reviews, to have your student films seen by Los Angeles based distribution companies and to honor the actors in their films.

methodfest.com

Monterrey International Film Festival

Category: International , Latino

Deadline: April, May

Monterrey International Film Festival one of the most important film events in Mexico. It screens international feature films in competition (fiction and documentary), retrospectives, international short films in competition (fiction, documentary and animation), documentaries with social relevance and homages to personalities of world.

monterreyfilmfestival.com/eng/

Moondance International Film

Category: Indie , International , Music Video/Musicals , Shorts , Television , Women

Deadline: April, February, March, May

Moondance's objective for this competition and film festival is to promote and encourage screenwriters and independent filmmakers, and the best work in stage plays, radio plays, TV scripts, musical scores, lyrics, librettos, musical videos, & short stories.

moondancefilmfestival.com

Mosaic LA Film Fest

Category: Awareness/Topical , Faith-based/Religious

Deadline: June, May

It is a thousand short films back-to-back that illuminate our victories, tragedies, and revelations. Each life intersects others until it becomes apparent that the whole of a person is not an abandoned room full of reels, but an epic. That's why the creative minds at Mosaic and Awaken are bringing you the Mosaic LA Film Fest (MOLAFF) where we are challenging visionaries with Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit, a theme that encourages artists to bring the broken things of the world to the cutting room floor and explore what remains: the raw, often-hidden beauty of the human story. Our vision sprang from the need for truthful filmmaking and personal expression that is at once wildly imaginative and unflinchingly introspective. We want work that skims the surface but plunges unexpectedly into a story that speaks to the heart. We want to hear what an epiphany sounds like to a character who has never heard a word. We want to see the future in the flash of a child's eyes. We want to see what the hand shooting heroine would look like administering a vaccine. Cash Prizes!

mosaiclafilmfest.com

Mountainfilm in Telluride Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Shorts , Student

Deadline: December, February, January

Mountainfilm is America's premier festival celebrating achievement in mountain, adventure, culture and environment. We accept and screen films - doc and narrative, feature and short - on a broad range of subjects. We like quirky causes and indomitable spirit. $25-60 to enter depending on length and deadline.

mountainfilm.org/festival

Muslim Film Festival (MA)

Category: Faith-based/Religious

Deadline: May

The Muslim Film Festival harnesses cinema to explore Muslim affairs beyond the headlines for audiences of all backgrounds. Pressing social and civic issues - including terrorism, women's rights, censorship, political repression, and multiculturalism - come into focus through screenings, panel discussions, and artistic performances. Held every spring and fall, the festival also provides a forum to advance public understanding of Muslim American cultural identity.

Nantucket Film Festival

Category: Experimental , Indie , Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror , Shorts , Student

Deadline: February, March

Films are selected with an eye for great screenwriting and storytelling. Costs vary on length.

nantucketfilmfestival.org

Nantucket Screenwriting Competition

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting

Deadline: March

Submit your script to the Nantucket Film Festival Screenplay Competition and have the opportunity to have your script read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, participate in a festival focused specifically on screenwriters and win an incredible, all-inclusive month's stay on stunning Nantucket at The Screenwriter's Colony where your every need is catered to and all you're asked to do is write!
The winner also receives: * Custom leather bound copy of the script, courtesy of Showtime * VIP week-long festival pass to all events, including air travel and accommodation * $2,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival * Name appears in Festival catalogue and on website as a competition finalist * Print and media coverage.

nantucketfilmfestival.org

National Film Festival for Talented Youth

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Music Video/Musicals , Shorts , Student , Youth/Child-friendly

Deadline: January

NFFTY showcases work by filmmakers age 22 and under from across the U.S. and the world. It is the largest multi-day youth film festival in the United States, featuring 100+ films, filmmaking panels and workshops, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other. NFFTY is increasingly being recognized by industry and film fans alike as an inspiring and energetic event. Accepting feature and short narrative, animation, documentary, music video, and experimental films. Submission Fee $20 - $35

nffty.org

Netflix Screenwriting Contest

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting

Deadline: February, January

Netflix and Film Independent are looking for talented new filmmakers to submit their scripts for a chance at having it produced and distributed.

netflix.com/findyourvoice

New Port Beach Film Festivals

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Shorts

Deadline: December, January

Blending the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking, an exclusive selection of award-winning independent and studio films representing a truly unique mix of culture and genre.

newportbeachfilmfest.com

New York International Latino Film Festival

Category: International , Latino

Deadline: February

New York International Latino Film Festival showcases the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community.

nylatinofilm.com

NewFilmmakers Spring Series

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Shorts

Deadline: ongoing/rolling

NewFilmmakers screens year-round in New York, 51 weeks a year. Programed quarterly a few months in advance in order to give filmmakers a chance to promote their work. $20 Student, $25 Short, $30 Feature to enter.

newfilmmakers.com/submit/submitNY.html

Noise Pop Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Music Video/Musicals , Shorts

Deadline: December, January

The Noise Pop Film Festival began in 2000 to expand the week-long Noise Pop Music Festival which began in 1993 in San Francisco. The Film Festival accepts any kind of film or video narrative feature, documentary, short, animation, experimental or music video, that explores a connection to music, either in its subject matter, the talent behind or in front of the camera, or with an exceptionally prominent soundtrack. $15-25 to enter.

noisepop.com

NYC Horror Film Festival

Category: Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror

Deadline: August, September

America's largest and most recognized genre film festival focusing solely on Horror and Science Fiction. Each year the NYCHFF celebrates both the horror classics we grew up with and the new horror films & filmmakers who created them. the NYCHFF fills the city with special screenings, parties, celebrity guests and free giveaways. The New York City Horror Film Festival is the Halloween time event not to be missed.

nychorrorfest.com/

Off Centered Film Festival

Category: Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Shorts

Deadline: February, March

Once again, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's Off Centered Film Festival teamed up with the fantastic folks at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Lake Creek in Austin, Texas to put together our annual film competition. It will again culminate in a two-night fun, funky festivity of film and beer in Austin. Your film can be no longer than 5 Minutes in length. All submissions must contain a theme of "off-centeredness". This can be interpreted however the director sees fit. All submissions must include a reference to Dogfish Head in the script or have Dogfish Head product placement in the film. Directors submitting films must be at least 21 years old by the submission deadline. CASH PRIZES!

offcenteredfilmfest.com

One-Minute Horror Video Contest

Category: Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror

Deadline: October

One-Minute Horror Video Contest: The Winner will have a chance to see their video shown on AMC during a future Fear Friday and will receive $4000. The 10 finalists who receive the most number of votes in the final round will win horror movie DVDs.

blogs.amctv.com/fear-video-contest

Outfest

Category: LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender

Deadline: January, March

Outfest is the leading organization showcasing, nurturing and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film images and artistry.

outfest.org

Phantasmagoria Film Festival

Category: Experimental , Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror , Shorts , Trailers

Deadline: February, March

Do you have a short film or movie that explores the world of the supernatural, the super-powered or the super-eerie? There are two areas: Trailers and Shorts: Trailers must be 30 to 180 seconds. Can either be an actual trailer for a longer piece or a mock trailer. Shorts must be 3-25 minutes. Short films or trailers that explores the world of the supernatural, the super-powered or the super-eerie. Cost $5-15

phantasmagoria.moonfruit.com/
www.myspace.com/phantasmagoriafilmfest phantomfilmfest.com

Phoenix International Christian Film Festival

Category: Faith-based/Religious

Deadline: April, March

The purpose of the Phoenix International Christian Film Festival (PICFF) is to bless, celebrate, and encourage the production and distribution of films and media expressions that feature Godly Kingdom values and shine as reminders that love is real, hope exists, and there is always an answer.

christianfilmfest.org

Politics on Film Film festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Indie , Shorts

Deadline: January

Politics on Film Film festival's mission is to highlight political film broadly, providing a platform for filmmakers who focus on government, the electoral process, or pressing public policy issues, and establishing an entertaining and educational opportunity for the community. $40 to enter

politicsonfilm.com

Portland Women's Film Festival, POW FEST

Category: LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender, Women

Deadline: April

The mission of the Portland Women's Film Festival is to celebrate the art and cinematic contribution of women filmmakers from around the world, in any format, with any content and in any genre.

powfest.com

Power Flickers Short Film Showcase

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Free to enter!!! , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: February, March

Power Flickers Short Film Showcase presents a collection of comedic, documentary, narrative, and animated short films from Texas filmmakers. Free to enter!

mobilefilmschool.org/powerflickers

PSAid: Public Service Announcements for International Disasters

Category: Awareness/Topical, Public Service Announcement

Deadline: March

PSA theme-based film festival competition with Cash Prizes!

psaid.org

Reel Women International Film Festival

Category: International, Women

Deadline: December

Reel Women International Film Festival honors and advances the careers of accomplished and emerging women filmmakers by providing them a forum to showcase their films in the heart of the entertainment industry. Our goal is to help increase opportunities for women of diverse backgrounds to share their stories with the world.

reelwomenfest.com

Reel-Exchange

Category: Student

Deadline: February

Reel-Exchange.com present REEL IMPRESSIONS-a joint partnership to showcase the projects created by industry professionals using products they've seen or purchased as a result of attending the NAB Show. REEL IMPRESSIONS could show your reel in a big way-on a 24ft. silver screen in a state-of-the-art 300-seat digital theater in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the NAB Show.

digitalcontentproducer.com/reel-impressions

Reynolda Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Free to enter!!! , Shorts

Deadline: December, January

The mission of the Reynolda Film Festival has always been to entertain, inspire, and challenge people of ages. The festival places an equal emphasis on both its worldwide student film competition and its unique opportunities presented through speakers, panels, and special sessions. Past speakers have included directors, producers, artists, documentary filmmakers, animators, production department managers, studio supervisors, and Academy Award nominees.

reynoldafilmfestival.com

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender , Shorts , Women

Deadline: June

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival is a film festival to support and celebrate women filmmakers and women subject matters. $25 to enter.

rmwfilmfest.org/

Rooftop Films Summer Series Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Shorts

Deadline:

Summer Series will run from May through September and will feature more than 200 daring new films, all screened outdoors, in front of big, loyal audiences in parks.

rooftopfilms.com/submit.html

San Antonio Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: April, May

Once named the Golden Showers Film Festival with the spirit of "pissing" on Hollywood and formerly The San Antonio Underground Film Festival - is held annually in June at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico en San Antonio & is looking for 100% DIY narrative, animation, doc, or experimental shorts or features. Supporting independent filmmaking, SAFF is a three-day event held every summer in San Antonio, TX. Prizes! $40-60 to enter.

safilm.com

San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

Category: Faith-based/Religious

Deadline: August, July, June

The vision of the Jubilee Awards and the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival is to make one of the many steps needed to lead men to Christ, to train Christians to actually think like Christians, and to take back the culture for the Lord Jesus Christ in the area of film by encouraging, motivating, and rewarding those uncompromising, creative, and innovative filmmakers who are willing to take the narrow path.

independentchristianfilms.com

San Diego Asian Film Festival

Category: Asian , Indie , Shorts

Deadline: April, June, May

SDAFF continues looking for the best in Asian American and international cinema to showcase. The festival is also offering a minimum $1,000 cash prize to the top film of the festival in 2009. $25-40 to enter!

http://www.sdaff.org/festival

San Diego Latino Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Latino , Shorts

Deadline: November

sdlatinofilm.com

San Diego Women's Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Indie , Shorts , Women

Deadline: February

Southern California's most notable and longest running women's film festival was a big success! They showcased over a hundred films from around the world, offering a diverse selection of features, shorts and documentaries that competed for both Judge and Audience awards.

sdwff.org

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

Category: Asian , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , International , Shorts

Deadline: October, September

The Center for Asian America Media presents the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) every March. The SFIAAFF is the nation's largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 120 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. Since 1982, the SFIAAFF has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.$20-35 to enter.

asianamericanmedia.org

San Francisco International Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Indie , International , Shorts

Deadline: December, November

Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in the country's most beautiful city, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000. $40 - $180 varies for deadline and length to enter.

sffs.org

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Category: Faith-based/Religious

Deadline: December, January, November, October

Founded in 1980, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest of its kind in the world. Today, we are more than a festival: we are the leading advocate for independent Jewish cinema. Our hallmark program is a renowned three-week summer Festival, screening in four Bay Area venues, featuring the highest quality Jewish films from around the world. As the first of more than 100 Jewish film festivals worldwide-and still the largest, with some 30,000 attendees-SFJFF is an influential showcase bringing together filmmakers and audiences to celebrate Jewish cinema and explore its new frontiers.

sfjff.org

San Francisco Women's Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Free to enter!!! , Music Video/Musicals , Shorts , Women

Deadline: December

San Francisco Women's Film Festival accepts films/video of all lengths and genres: experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation. Films/videos must be directed or co-directed by women.

sfwff.com/

Santa Barbara Minute Film Festival

Category: Animation , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Experimental , Music Video/Musicals , Shorts

Deadline: February, January

The Santa Barbara Minute Film Festival's goal is to provide a showcase for a wide spectrum of filmmakers to exhibit very short form video and film works. Both experienced and novice directors, writers, animators, artists, designers and producers are encouraged to submit 60-second films and videos for inclusion in the festival. All genres of film will be considered-documentary, animation, experimental. student work, nature, sports, trailers and so on. The only guideline is the length: One minute. $20-30 to enter.

santabarbaraminute.storbang.com

Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition

Category: Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting

Deadline: April, March

Scriptapalooza's goal is to seek out that storyteller and honor his or her script with a grand prize of $10,000. Each year dozens of production companies and literary representatives sign on as participants to read Scriptapalooza's winners, finalists and semifinalists. $50 to enter!


scriptapalooza.com

Sheffield Doc / Fest's MeetMarket

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction

Deadline: September

MeetMarket at Sheffield Doc/Fest is a unique pitching initiative which uses online systems to match-make documentary makers' most innovative project ideas with UK and international buyers for one-to-one meetings in a fully supportive environment. Submit your project online, along with one-page treatments and a one-minute teaser clip, in advance of Doc/Fest, allowing buyers to view your submissions of innovative documentary ideas. The application process is fully online.

sheffdocfest.com/meetmarket

Shorttakes Student Film Festival

Category: Animation , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Shorts , Trailers

Deadline: May

Shorttakes Student Film Festival celebrates short films by students. Students are welcome to submit films (both live-action or animation) under 10 minutes long. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each requires its own submission fee of $5.

cecshorttakes.com

SILVERDOCS

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction

Deadline: January

Honors excellence in filmmaking, supports the diverse voices and free expression of independent storytellers and celebrates the power of documentary to improve our understanding of the world. Cost: $25 Shorts, $35 Features

silverdocs.com

Slamdance Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Indie , International , Shorts

Deadline:

The Slamdance Film Festival is dedicated to new filmmakers. SFF accept films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world.

slamdance.com/festival/submissions.html

SLANT: Bold Asian American Images Short Film Festival

Category: Asian, Shorts

Deadline: February

SLANT, an annual film festival of short films, seeks works by Asian American filmmakers. $10 per short, limit of 3 entries

aurorapictureshow.org/content.asp?secnum=139&pid=396

Sonoma International Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , International , Shorts

Deadline: December, November, October

The Sonoma International Film Society presents events and programs celebrating gourmet food, fine wine, the best in new independent filmmaking, and the remarkable richness of life in Sonoma Valley.

sonomafilmfest.org/

SPCA of Texas Pet Flix Film Festival

Category: Awareness/Topical , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Shorts

Deadline: May

Calling all dogs, cats and dog and cat lovers, the SPCA of Texas is issuing an open call for pet films produced by new or established filmmakers or pet enthusiasts with an eye for cinema. Cash Prizes! $10 to enter.

petflix.org

St. Cloud LGBT Film Festival

Category: LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender

Deadline: March

St. Cloud LGBT Film Festival celebrates films that focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or LGBTIQ-friendly characters and issues, and must be suitable for general audiences.

stcloudout.org/filmfest

STARZ Denver Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Indie , International , Shorts

Deadline: June

The Starz Denver Film Festival, an invitational exposition of film, presents approximately 175 films over ten days and plays host to more than 125 film artists. New international feature releases, independently produced fiction films and documentaries, animation, experimental works, children's programs and short subjects are included in the festival. $20-40 to enter.

denverfilm.org

Streamy Awards

Category: Free to enter!!!, Web Series/Websites

Deadline: March

The Streamy Awards is co-hosted by a consortium of leading new media companies - Tilzy.TV, Tubefilter, and NewTeeVee - to recognize outstanding achievement for shows produced originally for broadband distribution. Nominations in 24 categories are reviewed by members of the International Academy of Web Television, an independent organization whose membership is comprised of leaders in the field of web television, web video and the digital entertainment industry. International Academy of Web Television Every year the Academy also selects one recipient the for Web Television Visionary Award. Each spring, the nominees, the press, industry luminaries, celebrity guests, and members of the academy, come together at the Streamy Awards in Los Angeles to celebrate and honor outstanding achievement in the space.

streamys.org

Student Academy Awards

Category: Animation , Asian , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Free to enter!!! , Indie , Latino , LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender , Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror , Shorts , Student , Women

Deadline: April, March

The Student Academy Awards is an annual competition for college and university filmmakers. Winners - selected by the professional filmmaker members of the Academy - receive trophies and cash prizes. Free to enter!

oscars.org/awards/saa

SunDeis Film Festival

Category: Student

Deadline: February

Looking for film submissions from students at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level, including those who graduated in the last academic year.

sundeis.com

SXSW Film Conference & Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Indie , International , Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror , Shorts , Student , Texas

Deadline: December, November

SXSW is the most prestigious film festival in the south. SXSW considers any and all categories of filmmaking, from Narrative to Documentary, Experimental to Music Video, Short to Feature. $35 for shorts, $45 for features.

sxsw.com/film

Talking Pictures Festival

Category: Features , Indie , Shorts

Deadline: February, January

The Talking Pictures Festival is produced by Percolator Films, a new non-profit media arts organization founded by independent filmmakers Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger. Percolator Films grew out of our work presenting the free Reeltime film and discussion series at the Evanston Public Library and Northwestern University's Block Cinema for the past decade. Percolator Films engages audiences with high caliber independent films that are challenging, intriguing, entertaining and prompt the viewer to think outside the box. We collaborate with community organizations and bring independent filmmakers and audience members together to create a space for public dialogue about the films we screen. $15-35 to enter.

talkingpicturesfestival.org

Telluride Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Shorts , Student

Deadline: April, July, June, May

What are the prizes? There are none. The real prize is to be accepted from hundreds of entries as one of approximately 15 shorts and 20 features that will be showcased at the Telluride Film Festival. That's right - once your film is invited to join the festival, by the time the event rolls around, you can stop biting your nails and enjoy the company of some of the best directors in the world. "This is really the only filmmaker's festival." - Kathleen Kennedy

telluridefilmfestival.org

Texandance International Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Indie , International , Music Video/Musicals , Shorts , Student , Texas , Trailers

Deadline: April, March

If your production can hold our attention and has good production values, your creation may be selected to show at the festival. Send your best trailer, short, doc, music video, or feature! $25-65 depending on length.


Texandance.com

Texas Black Film Festival

Category: African American , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Shorts , Texas

Deadline: December, January

The mission of the Texas Black Film Festival is to provide film makers from around the world with: (1) an opportunity to view the vast film industry resources waiting to be utilized here in the state of Texas; (2) an opportunity to display works that express the African-American experience; (3) networking with industry professionals; and (4) opportunities to sharpen those film production and marketing skills through workshops. $30 to enter

texasblackfilmfestival.com

The First National Career Video Contest

Category: Awareness/Topical , Student

Deadline: December, January

The student challenge is to interview a person from a wide variety of careers and draw out the essence of the role on video.

CareerVideoContest.com

The International Buddhist Film Festival

Category: Faith-based/Religious

Deadline: ongoing/rolling

The International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) presents, archives, preserves and promotes Buddhist-themed and Buddhist-inspired cinema of all kinds: features, documentaries, animation, experimental work, children's films and television programs. IBFF is a unique resource serving audiences, educators and filmmakers in partnership with presenting institutions around the world (see Events). The International Buddhist Film Festival offers cinema as a vehicle for wider appreciation and better understanding of Buddhism by general audiences, particularly for the remarkable ethnic and cultural diversity evident among Buddhists worldwide today. Works to be exhibited are chosen through a combination of program committee invitations as well as through an international Open Call For Entries solicitation. Films include English language or subtitled works from all over the world, and embrace a very broad and fluid definition of "buddhist." $25-35 to enter.

ibff.org

The Really Independent Film Channel

Category: Animation , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Free to enter!!! , Indie , International , Music Video/Musicals , Shorts

Deadline: ongoing/rolling

DFD-TV, the world's first web-based entertainment company, launches The Really Independent Film Channel. the newest venue for current indie films and emerging filmmakers. RIFC seeks strong content in shorts, features, documentaries, animation, experimental, and more, as it builds its archives of diverse and current indie film work. DFD-TV there is no cost to filmmakers or audience; it is nonexclusive and seeks no rights. We build a unique page on the site for each filmmaker, where they can direct audience, prospective partners, distributors or financiers, and the filmmaker is able to have links to their own website, as well as get feedback from the audience in the site's interactive web ability. The channel's goal is to support emerging artists and build an audience interested in independent film. There will be a standard non exclusive agreement, which can be canceled when you need. visit our website at http://www.reallyifc.com/home.jsp

http://www.reallyifc.com/home.jsp

The Webby Film and Video Awards

Category: Animation , Shorts , Web Series/Websites

Deadline: December, November

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the NY Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites.

webbyawards.com

Toronto Documentary Forum

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , International

Deadline: January

$45 (CDN) to enter

hotdocs.ca/index.php/industry/tdf/submissions/

Toronto Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Indie , International , Shorts

Deadline: June, May

TFF vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. $75 to enter!

https://apps.tiffg.ca/Tiff_Submissions/

Tribeca Film Festival

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Features , Shorts

Deadline: December

The Festival's mission focuses on assisting filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promoting New York City as a major filmmaking center. $40-65 to enter.

tribecafilm.com/festival

True/False Film Fest

Category: Awareness/Topical , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Shorts

Deadline: September

True/False Film Fest accepts submissions that cross the boundary between fact and fiction. The festival highlights innovative work with a cinematic scope, creative takes on contemporary currents, and most of all work that provokes dialogue about its subject and the documentary form itself. $15-20 to enter.

truefalse.org

U-FRAME International Video Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Free to enter!!! , International , Shorts , Student , Texas

Deadline: May

The Telecommunications & Information Policy Institute and the University of Texas Film Institute are sponsoring undergraduate or graduate students in their participation in the U-Frame International Video Festival in Porto, Portugal. U.Frame, International Academic Video Festival, is an initiative of the undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences of the University of Porto (Portugal), aimed at taking advantage of its infrastructures and technical and human resources. At the same time, and in association with the University of Coruna (Spain) and the University of Texas (USA), the Festival intends to build a bridge between different audiovisual and multimedia degrees worldwide, in an effort to stimulate the creativity of university students.

uframe.org/en

West Branch Children's Film Festival

Category: Shorts , Student , Youth/Child-friendly

Deadline: June

The West Branch Children's Film Festival is a festival celebrating the creativity of children. Submissions must be original child friendly movies of any type, made for children under age fourteen. Film makers of all ages are encouraged to submit film entries.

wbcff.com

Women's Film Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont

Category: Features , LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender , Shorts , Women

Deadline: October

The festival's aims are to promote choices by showcasing films that depict women's multi-faceted lives and to give a more human and humane context to world events….to show how those events impact on women's lives, and how women's lives impact on the world. $15 to enter.

womensfilmfestival.org

Women's Film Institute Shorts Tour

Category: Animation , Commercials/1 Minute Shorts , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , LGBTIQ/Sexuality/Gender , Shorts , Women

Deadline: December

Women's Film Institute Shorts Tour accepts short films/video 30 minutes or under in length and all genres: experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation. Films/videos must be directed or co-directed by women. Tour locations include: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. $25-50 to enter.

sfwff.com/_pages/about_us.html

Woodstock Film Festival

Category: Animation , Documentary/Non-Fiction , Experimental , Features , Music Video/Musicals , Shorts

Deadline: June

Each year film and music lovers from around the world gather at the Woodstock Film Festival for an innovative variety of films, first-class concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panels, an awards ceremony, and fantastic parties. At the Woodstock Film Festival, participants and visitors find themselves in a friendly, casual environment, one that is conducive to creativity, networking and a good time, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. $10-50 depending on entry deadline.

woodstockfilmfestival.com

Wyoming Short Film Contest

Category: Free to enter!!! , Shorts , Uncategorized

Deadline: April

The only content requirements for submissions is that the story takes place in Wyoming, presents Wyoming as a major character in the storyline, or features Wyoming in some way. free to enter!

filmwyoming.com

YOBI Film Making Contest: Film Student Opportunity

Category: Documentary/Non-Fiction , Indie , Shorts , Student

Deadline: ongoing/rolling

Online video filmmaking competition that anyone can enter and that YOU can judge.

yobi.tv/yobifilm